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31 Mar 2016

Amnesty report documents migrant worker abuse on Qatar's Khalifa Stadium, implicates companies in contracting chain

Amnesty International's new report, The ugly side of the beautiful game: Labour exploitation on a Qatar World Cup site, uncovers evidence of  "systematic abuse" of migrant workers. The report draws from interviews with 132 migrant construction workers working on Khalifa International Stadium in Doha and 102 landscapers who work in the Aspire Zone sports complex that surrounds it.

Scroll down to read the report, company responses and media coverage.

The report is strongly critical of FIFA and describes the Qatari government as "apathetic" towards evidence of abuse despite direct contraventions of the Qatari Labour Law. It points to "significant gaps in application" of the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy's Worker Welfare Standards, which place the onus on companies to self-audit. The report names the companies and organisations in the contracting chain who either failed to undertake the necessary human rights due diligence or are directly responsible for the abuse. These are:

The Aspire Zone Foundation

    • client, operating on behalf of the Supreme Committee.
    • failure to ensure effective implementation of the Workers' Welfare Standards and inadequate due diligence with regards to the rights and welfare of migrant workers employed on its projects.


    • main contractor in a joint venture with Six Construct.
    • failure to carry out appropriate due diligence on Eversendai and its subcontractors and inadequate response to abuses.

Six Construct

    • main contractor in a joint venture with Midmac; subsidiary of the Belgian company Besix.
    • failure to carry out appropriate due diligence on Eversendai and its subcontractors and inadequate response to abuses.


    • sub-contractor; subsidiary of the Malaysian company Eversendai.
    • failure to undertake adequate due diligence on labour supply companies.
    • abuses included passport retention and poor accommodation.

Seven Hills Trading and Contracting WLL and Blue Bay Trading and Contracting WLL

    • labour supply companies; sub-contracted by Eversendai.
    • abuses included deceptive recruitment practices, retention of passports, inadequate accommodation, delays in payments of salaries, failure to provide and renew residence permits, threat of penalties and evidence of forced labour.

Nakheel Landscapes

    • landscaping contractor for the green spaces around Khalifa International Stadium; not officially a World Cup project.
    • failure to act with due diligence on the recruitment and treatment of migrant workers..
    • abuses included inadequate accommodation, recruitment fees and deceptive recruitment and retention of passports.